Peacefully, with his family by his side, James Henry Lambourne passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
James was born to Christopher Arnold Richard Lambourne and Lavada Louella (Desjardins) on November 27, 1940. He was the 8th child born to a family of 12, one sibling having died in infancy.
James was born and raised on the homestead in Alonsa located at NW 12-21-13. He and his siblings attended Mellonville School, then later he attended school in Winnipeg, and then he went back to Mellonville School until grade 9.
After school he had a variety of jobs including pouring basements in Brandon with his Uncle Bill as his supervisor, building bridges and then settling in as a butcher at Canada Packers in Winnipeg at age 16 (where he fudged his age because you had to be 18 to work there). He worked at Canada Packers for 31 years. He also enjoyed his years volunteering for St. John’s Ambulance.
In 1962 he purchased the homestead of SW 18-21-12 from his uncle Bill, and in 1988 he retired from Canada Packers and moved to Alonsa to fulfill his dream of farming full time.
In 1967 James met his future wife, Tina, on a blind date arranged by his sister Peggy. It was love at first sight and the two were married in 1968.
In 1969, Monica was born, followed soon after by Lavada in 1970. Cindy was born in 1973, Nancy in 1977 and Vanessa completed the family in 1985.
James was predeceased by his parents Christopher and Lavada; his sisters Margaret, Jean (Eugene) Marr, Dixie (Romeo) Phillion, Pearl (Gerry) Gosselin, Sadie (George) Stefanation, and Joan (Louis) Neczkar; and brother Silas.
Left to mourn are his wife of 51 years, Tina; daughters Monica (Jim), Lavada (Glenn), Cindy (Rodney), Nancy (Shawn), Vanessa (Jarvis); grandchildren Brandee (Justin), Danielle (Michael), James, Alyssa, Trevis (Ashlynn), Colby, Taryn, Remy, Brody, Martin and Mayson; great grandsons Hudson and Dominic; sisters Peggy (Ernie) Skubovius, and Marie (Francis) Cook; brothers Ken (Lynn) Lambourne, and Jack Lambourne; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
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